Can't You Hear Me Callin' - Bluegrass: 80 Years of American Music

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A well-considered overview of the mainstream bluegrass field, this four-disc, 100-plus-song collection charts the evolution of the music from 1925 through 2002. The earliest track is Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers' stirring 1925 workout on "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues," and from there the set goes on to illustrate how the style has hewed to its fundamentals even as visionaries such as the amply represented Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs infused it with new ideas. In the end, bluegrass remains true to its roots, there not being so great a leap from 1925 to Rhonda Vincent's keening 2001 tribute to Monroe, "Is the Grass Any Bluer." ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A well-considered overview of the mainstream bluegrass field, this four-disc, 100-plus-song collection charts the evolution of the music from 1925 through 2002. The earliest track is Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers' stirring 1925 workout on "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues," and from there the set goes on to illustrate how the style has hewed to its fundamentals even as visionaries such as the amply represented Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs infused it with new ideas. In the end, bluegrass remains true to its roots, there not being so great a leap from 1925 to Rhonda Vincent's keening 2001 tribute to Monroe, "Is the Grass Any Bluer." Purists may question the inclusion of four Byrds tracks and the Dixie Chicks' affecting "Tortured Tangled Hearts" to the exclusion of the entire progressive bluegrass wing New Grass Revival, Seldom Scene, Nickel Creek, et al. are not featured. However, a younger guard is represented by way of Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Steve Earle with the Del McCoury Band, and exciting latter-day fusions of Edgar Meyer with Bela Fleck and Mike Marshall on "Big Country" and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, teaming with Meyer, Marshall, and Sam Bush on 1996's "BP," which in and of itself advances a forward-looking mind-set in a traditional setting. In between there's plenty of Jim & Jesse, the Stanley Brothers, and the Osborne Brothers, as well as nods to Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss including the haunting "So Long, So Wrong", and the latter-day Ralph Stanley in bringing the concept full circle. There's a lot more to bluegrass history than even this generous collection suggests, but it does a splendid job of telling the story in broad strokes. And a stirring tale it is.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The title pretty much says it on this deluxe four-disc package from Sony's Legacy imprint. Here on four discs are 109 performances that cover the spectrum of American bluegrass, beginning with its pre-birth roots in Appalachian country string band music via the recordings of Gid Tanner, Charlie Poole & the Blue Ridge Ramblers, and the Carters in the mid-'30s. The story really takes off with the Monroe Brothers and their classic "What Would You Give in Exchange For Your Soul?" in 1936, the same year that Roy Acuff issued his first hit, "The Great Speckled Bird." Ralph and Carter Stanley, the Bailes Brothers, and Molly O'Day enter the root stream within a few years, and the tree blossoms at the dawn of World War II, flowering with Flatt & Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in 1949. These are all here, of course, as are cuts by Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, the Osborne Brothers, Roy Hall, Grandpa Jones, Jim & Jesse, Bill & Mary Reid, the Webster Brothers, and many others from these early decades. Where the set really takes its chances is in including the contributions made to rock and modern country and bluegrass music through offerings from the Byrds, Ricky Skaggs, Eric Weissberg, the Dixie Chicks, the O'Kanes, Rhonda Vincent, Herb Pedersen, and many others. What it makes for is a provocative look at the music as it evolved not only musically, but culturally and socially, as it crossed from the Deep South into the East and West Coasts and moved north. Not everyone will agree with the track choices, of course, and the tiresome purists will no doubt find the last CD difficult to handle given their attitudes of preservation at any cost -- including premature death -- but the rest of us can be delighted, beguiled, amused, and confronted by this primitive, raw original American underground music as it entered the mainstream of our society. The set includes a fantastic historical essay by former Creem editor Billy Altman, and a fine introduction by Dr. Ralph Stanley.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969062821
  • Catalog Number: 90628


Disc 1
  1. 1 Soldier's Joy - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (2:58)
  2. 2 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (2:52)
  3. 3 White House Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:27)
  4. 4 Bill Mason - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:00)
  5. 5 Cannon Ball Blues - The Carter Family (2:54)
  6. 6 D Blues - Blue Ridge Ramblers (2:50)
  7. 7 Keep on the Sunny Side - The Carter Family (2:51)
  8. 8 What Would You Give in Exchange (For Your Soul)? - The Monroe Brothers (3:12)
  9. 9 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes - The Carter Family (2:54)
  10. 10 Great Speckled Bird - Roy Acuff (2:55)
  11. 11 Orange Blossom Special - Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers (2:23)
  12. 12 Ida Red - Roy Acuff (2:48)
  13. 13 Pretty Polly - Coon Creek Girls (2:50)
  14. 14 Lonesome Old River Blues - Roy Acuff (2:48)
  15. 15 Mule Skinner Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:44)
  16. 16 Wreck on the Highway - Roy Acuff (2:45)
  17. 17 The Drunkard's Grave - The Bailes Brothers (2:41)
  18. 18 Rocky Road Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:36)
  19. 19 Searching for a Soldier's Grave - The Bailes Brothers (3:00)
  20. 20 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:02)
  21. 21 Dust on the Bible - The Bailes Brothers (2:54)
  22. 22 I Heard My Mother Weeping - The Cumberland Mountain Folks (2:43)
  23. 23 Will You Be Loving Another Man? - Bill Monroe (2:53)
  24. 24 Blue Grass Breakdown - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:41)
  25. 25 It's Mighty Dark to Travel - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:53)
  26. 26 Molly and Tenbrooks (The Race Horse Song) - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:45)
  27. 27 Black Mountain Rag - Roy Acuff (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Can't You Hear Me Callin' - Bill Monroe (3:18)
  2. 2 Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:40)
  3. 3 Poor Ellen Smith - The Cumberland Mountain Folks (2:40)
  4. 4 The Drunkard's Hell - Clinch Mountain Boys (2:38)
  5. 5 The Lonesome River - Clinch Mountain Boys (2:44)
  6. 6 On the Banks of the River - Clinch Mountain Boys (2:46)
  7. 7 The Fields Have Turned Brown - Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (2:34)
  8. 8 The White Dove - Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (3:14)
  9. 9 Sunny Side of the Mountain - Clinch Mountain Boys (2:58)
  10. 10 I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (2:57)
  11. 11 I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home - Mac Wiseman (2:52)
  12. 12 Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:45)
  13. 13 Stoney, Are You Mad at Your Gal - The Clinch Mountain Clan (2:54)
  14. 14 When the Angels Rolled the Stone Away - Lynn Davis (2:51)
  15. 15 Earl's Breakdown - Foggy Mountain Boys (3:00)
  16. 16 Don't Get Above Your Raising - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:44)
  17. 17 Are You Missing Me? - Virginia Boys (2:24)
  18. 18 Why Did You Wander? - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:45)
  19. 19 Flint Hill Special - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:46)
  20. 20 I'll Go Stepping Too - Foggy Mountain Boys (2:54)
  21. 21 Love and Wealth - Carl Story & the Rambling Mountaineers (2:45)
  22. 22 20/20 Vision - Jimmy Martin & The Osborne Brothers (2:42)
  23. 23 My Lord Keeps a Record - Carl Story & the Rambling Mountaineers (2:17)
  24. 24 I Love the Hymns They Sang at Mother's Grave - Carl Story & the Rambling Mountaineers (2:55)
  25. 25 Reunion in Heaven - Carl Story & the Rambling Mountaineers (2:49)
  26. 26 Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan - Carl Story & the Rambling Mountaineers (2:09)
  27. 27 Hitch Hiker's Blues - Jack Youngblood (2:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Martha White Theme - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain B (1:37)
  2. 2 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain B (2:13)
  3. 3 Seven Year Blues - The Webster Brothers (2:47)
  4. 4 Get Down on Your Knees and Pray - Bill & Mary Reid & The Melody Mountaineers (2:40)
  5. 5 Somebody Touched Me - The Webster Brothers (2:12)
  6. 6 Feudin' Banjos - Arthur Smith (1:58)
  7. 7 Ruby, Are You Mad - Red Allen (2:59)
  8. 8 Knoxville Girl - The Louvin Brothers (3:48)
  9. 9 Once More - Red Allen (2:41)
  10. 10 Twin Banjo Special - Joe Maphis (2:12)
  11. 11 Gosh, I Miss You All the Time - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (2:16)
  12. 12 You Don't Know My Mind - Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys (2:54)
  13. 13 Rank Stranger - The Stanley Brothers (3:09)
  14. 14 My Empty Arms - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (2:21)
  15. 15 Foggy Mountain Top - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain B (2:26)
  16. 16 Beautiful Moon of Kentucky - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (2:11)
  17. 17 Stoney Creek - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (1:54)
  18. 18 She Left Me Standing on the Mountain - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (2:12)
  19. 19 Sunny Side of the Mountain - Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys (2:33)
  20. 20 Just Joshing - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (2:03)
  21. 21 (It's a Long, Long Way) To the Top of the World - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (2:34)
  22. 22 Cotton Mill Man - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (2:45)
  23. 23 Since Wedding Bells Have Rung - Don Reno (2:32)
  24. 24 Rosalee - Grandpa Jones (2:04)
  25. 25 No More Goodbyes - Sara Carter (3:01)
  26. 26 The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain B (2:03)
  27. 27 Rabbit in the Log - Jim & Jesse And the Virginia Boys (2:42)
  28. 28 Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers (2:35)
  29. 29 Mountain Dew - Grandpa Jones (1:58)
  30. 30 Dueling Banjos - Steve Mandell (2:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Turn Your Radio On - Grandpa Jones (2:59)
  2. 2 Black Mountain Rag (Soldier's Joy) - The Byrds (1:13)
  3. 3 Pretty Boy Floyd - The Byrds (2:35)
  4. 4 Bristol Steam Convention Blues - The Byrds (2:39)
  5. 5 Farther Along - The Byrds (2:58)
  6. 6 Contentment - Don Reno & Bill Harrell (2:45)
  7. 7 Can't You Hear Me Callin' - Herb Pedersen (2:59)
  8. 8 Cora Is Gone - Herb Pedersen (3:51)
  9. 9 Choking the Strings - Don Reno & Bill Harrell (2:10)
  10. 10 Uncle Pen - Ricky Skaggs (2:25)
  11. 11 Till the End of the World Rolls Round - Earl Scruggs (2:59)
  12. 12 A Vision of Mother - Ricky Skaggs (3:22)
  13. 13 Big Country - Mike Marshall (4:02)
  14. 14 If I Could Be There - The O'Kanes (3:19)
  15. 15 So Long, So Wrong - Union Station (3:23)
  16. 16 BP - Mike Marshall (3:25)
  17. 17 The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn - Union Station (4:40)
  18. 18 Little Maggie - Bluegrass Reunion (3:01)
  19. 19 Carrie Brown - The Del McCoury Band (4:19)
  20. 20 Tortured, Tangled Hearts - Dixie Chicks (3:39)
  21. 21 Walls of Time - Ricky Skaggs (4:20)
  22. 22 Is the Grass Any Bluer - Rhonda Vincent (2:45)
  23. 23 Daniel Prayed - Patty Loveless (2:46)
  24. 24 Twelve Gates to the City - Ralph Stanley (1:56)
  25. 25 Soldier's Joy - Mark O'Connor (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russ Barenberg Guitar
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Weissenborn
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals
Josh Graves Dobro, Vocals
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Del McCoury Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Monroe Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Carl Story Guitar, Vocals
Rhonda Vincent Mandolin, Vocals
Clarence White Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Mac Wiseman Guitar, Vocals
Roy Acuff Fiddle, Vocals
Chet Atkins Electric Guitar
Sam Bush Mandolin
Ray Flacke Electric Guitar
John Hartford Banjo, Fiddle
Chris Hillman Mandolin
Grandpa Jones Banjo, Vocals
Patty Loveless Vocals
Joe Maphis Banjo
Benny Martin Fiddle
Dolly Parton Vocal Harmony
Carl Smith Bass
Gid Tanner Banjo, Fiddle
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals
Paul Warren Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Edgar Meyer Bass
Steve Earle Guitar, Vocals
Gram Parsons Guitar
Larry Carlton Electric Guitar
Jim Brock Fiddle
Gene Parsons Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, 5-string Banjo
Skip Battin Bass, Piano, Vocals
Roy Hall Guitar
Eric Weissberg Banjo
Ray Park Fiddle
Allen Shelton Banjo
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Rose Lee Maphis Guitar
Grady Martin Fiddle, Guitar
Clyde Moody Mandolin
Chubby Wise Fiddle
Wilma Lee Cooper Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Lou Reid Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Tom Adams Banjo
Shot Jackson Dobro
Jesse McReynolds Mandolin, Vocals
Charlie Monroe Guitar, Vocals
Riley Puckett Guitar, Vocals
Molly O'Day Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Autoharp, Vocals
Carl Butler Guitar, Vocals
Bill Harrell Guitar, Vocals
Ramona Jones Background Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Joshua Bell Violin
Red Jones Bass
Don Reno Banjo, Vocals, 5-string Banjo
Kieran Kane Mandolin, Vocals
Brian Ahern Guitar
Red Allen Guitar, Vocals
Mike Baird Drums
Barry Bales Bass
Ron Block Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Bruce Bouton Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar
Clyde Brooks Drums
Mike Bub Bass
Jim Buchanan Fiddle
Jerry Carrigan Drums
A.P. Carter Vocals
Jason Carter Fiddle
Sara Carter Guitar, Vocals, Guitarron
Jesse Chambers Bass
Floyd Chance Bass
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Gary Coleman Percussion
Stoney Cooper Fiddle, Vocals
John Cowan Tenor (Vocal)
J.D. Crowe Banjo
Lynn Davis Guitar, Vocals
Vernon Derrick Mandolin
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Ray Edenton Rhythm Guitar
Ed Ferris Bass
Béla Fleck Banjo
Emory Gordy Bass, Guitar
George Grantham Drums
David Grisman Mandolin
Buddy Harman Drums
Roy Harvey Guitar
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
Eddie Hill Guitar
Byron House Bass
Rob Ickes Dobro
Jim Isbell Drums
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
John Jarvis Piano
James Kerwin Bass
Buddy Killen Bass
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Everett Lilly Mandolin
Ira Louvin Mandolin, Vocals
Charlie Louvin Guitar, Vocals
Rudy Lyle Banjo
Steve Mandell Guitar
Mike Marshall Guitar
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
Roger McGuinn Guitar, Vocals
Clayton McMichen Fiddle, Vocals
Jim McReynolds Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Mickey Merritt Piano
Mike Miller Banjo
John Mock Penny Whistle
Larry Muhoberac Keyboards
Ernie Newton Bass
Mark O'Connor Violin
Jamie O'Hara Guitar, Vocals
Bobby Osborne Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Sonny Osborne Banjo, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), 5-string Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Herb Pedersen Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Poole Banjo, Vocals
Carmella Ramsey Background Vocals
Dale Reno Mandolin
Deanie Richardson Fiddle
Jerry Rivers Fiddle
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Mark Schatz Banjo
Randy Scruggs Guitar
Curly Seckler Guitar, Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
George Shuffler Bass
Gene Sisk fender rhodes
Art Stamper Fiddle
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Joe Stuart Mandolin
Dave Sutherland Bass
Clarence "Tater" Tate Bass
Bobby Thompson 5-string Banjo
Dan Tyminski Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Paul Uhrig Bass
Howard Watts Bass
Roy Dean Webb Mandolin
Paul Yandell Guitar
Roy Yeager Drums
Joe Zinkan Bass
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
David Akeman Banjo
John Bailes Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Bailes Guitar, Vocals
Salty Holmes Guitar
Chick Hurt Mandolin
Lily May Ledford Banjo, Vocals
Rosie Ledford Guitar
Fate Norris Banjo
Dale Potter Fiddle
Posey Rorer Fiddle
Darrin Vincent Bass, Vocal Harmony
Tex Willis Guitar
Tommy Magness Fiddle
Bob Moore Bass
Joel Price Bass, Baritone (Vocal)
Sam Pruett Guitar
Hal Rugg Steel Guitar
Jack Shook Rhythm Guitar
Jim Smoak Banjo
Merle "Red" Taylor Fiddle
James "Jimmie" Selph Steel Guitar
Jimmy Williams Mandolin
Jack Youngblood Fiddle
Tex Atchison Fiddle
Ray "Duck" Atkins Guitar
Claude Boone Bass, Guitar
Ernest Ferguson Mandolin
Howdy Forrester Fiddle
Bert Layne Fiddle
Red Rector Mandolin, Vocals
Buck Ryan Fiddle
Leland Sklar Bass
Dale Sledd Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Lowe Stokes Fiddle
Fiddlin' Kate Warren Fiddle
Paul Williams Mandolin
Jess Easterday Bass, Guitar
Louis Innis Rhythm Guitar
Jake Tullock Bass, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Mark Fain Bass
Don McHan Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Jody Rainwater Bass
Johnny Sibert Steel Guitar
Clell Summey Steel Guitar
Bob Summer Fiddle
Jack Thompson Bass
Billy E. Powers Guitar, Vocals
Bryan Sutton Guitar
James Hughes Bass
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Lonnie Austin Fiddle
George W. McCormick Rhythm Guitar
Bill Carver Dobro
Natalie Maines Vocals
Billy Hill Fiddle
Emily Robison Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Ronnie Blackwell Bass
Hoke Jenkins Banjo
Richard Kane Fiddle
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor Bass
Lester Woodie Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Lee Carter Vocals
Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters Bass, Guitar
Lonnie "Pap" Wilson Guitar
Norman Woodlief Guitar
Michael Cleveland Fiddle
Bill Reid Guitar, Vocals
Audie Webster Bass, Mandolin, Vocals
Earl Webster Guitar, Vocals
Rita Faye Sinks Autoharp
Cecil "Skeets" Williamson Fiddle
James "Hal" Smith Rhythm Guitar
James "Slim" Martin Fiddle
Marina Reid Guitar, Vocals
Martie Maguire Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
James "Sonny James" Loden Fiddle
Buddy Dooley Bass
Beecher "Pete" "Bashful Brother Oswald" Kirby Banjo, Dobro, Vocals
Clato Buchanan Banjo
H.E. "Aytchie" Burns Bass
Wilene "Sally Ann" Forester Accordion
Del Heck Fiddle
Bob Hopson Guitar
George "Speedy" Krise Dobro
Benny Sims Fiddle
Blaine Stewart Mandolin
Evelyn "Evy Lou" Thomas Bass
Russell Vass Banjo
Swanson Walker Banjo
Bill "Cousin Wilbur" Westbrooks Bass
Ralph Mayo Guitar
Curley Lambert Mandolin
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Alison Krauss Arranger, Producer
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Ricky Skaggs Producer
Ralph Stanley Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Carl Story Composer
Marty Stuart Composer
Rhonda Vincent Producer
Clarence White Arranger
J. Scott Skinner Composer
Roy Acuff Arranger, Composer
Joe Maphis Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Edgar Meyer Producer
The Byrds Producer
Steve Earle Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Bob Neuwirth Producer
Gene Parsons Composer
Mike Post Producer
Eric Weissberg Composer
Jesse McReynolds Composer
Molly O'Day Arranger
Dixie Chicks Producer
Art Satherley Producer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Composer
Don Reno Composer
Patrick Brayer Composer
Kieran Kane Composer, Producer
Red Allen Arranger
Joe Allison Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Owen Bradley Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer
A.P. Carter Composer
Lynn Davis Arranger
A. Delmore Composer
Dorsey M. Dixon Composer
Béla Fleck Composer, Producer
Fred Foster Producer
Gregg Geller Producer
Emory Gordy Producer
Byron Gregory Composer
David Grisman Arranger, Producer
Eddie Hill Composer
Frank Jones Producer
Paul Kirby Composer
Don Law Producer
Ira Louvin Arranger, Composer
Charlie Louvin Arranger, Composer
Lloyd Maines Producer
J.D. Martin Composer
Ronnie McCoury Producer
Roger McGuinn Arranger
Jim McReynolds Composer
Murray Nash Producer
Ken Nelson Producer
Mark O'Connor Arranger, Producer
Jamie O'Hara Producer
Eli Oberstein Producer
Herb Pedersen Arranger
Charlie Poole Composer
Wesley Rose Producer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Randy Scruggs Producer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Steve Sholes Producer
Harry Silverstein Producer
Guy Smith Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Gary Usher Producer
Jim Vienneau Producer
Wayne Walker Composer
John Bailes Composer
Walter Bailes Composer
T.J. Seals Composer
C.C. White Composer
Milton Estes Composer
Frank Walker Producer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Cousin Emmy Composer
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Ralph Peer Producer
Tom James Composer
Harry McAuliffe Composer
Gladys Stacey Composer
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Louise Certain Composer
Larry Ehrlich Producer
George Vaughn Composer
Don Wayne Composer
A. Smith Composer
B.B. Moore Composer
Natalie Maines Composer
Union Station Arranger, Producer
Walden Dahl Composer
John Thompson Producer
Twangtrust Producer
Dean Owens Composer
Traditional Composer
D. Richard Lewis Composer
J.B. Long Composer
Arthur Smith Trio Producer
W. York Composer
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Dan Hornsby Producer
Triana DOrazio Packaging Manager
Odell McLeod Composer
William Callaway Producer
Jerry Organ Composer
Paul Henning Composer
Martie Maguire Composer
E. Brad Meyer Composer
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    Posted October 1, 2010

    You’re bound to discover something new about the genre that you didn’t know before

    This 4-CD box set with 109 songs captures the American bluegrass music tradition. This is quite an undertaking. Consider their objective to cover 80 years of music. Old-timey seeds planted by Gid Tanner and Charlie Poole in the 1920s are included. Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Flatt & Scruggs are well-represented with about 20% of the tracks. But so are the Carter Family, Roy Acuff, Carl Story, Arthur Smith, Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Jimmy Martin, The Byrds, Herb Pedersen, Ricky Skaggs, Blue Ridge Ramblers, Coon Creek Girls, Bailes Brothers, Molly O’Day, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Mac Wiseman, Carl Butler, Louvin Brothers, Joe Maphis, Don Reno, Grandpa Jones, The O’Kanes, Mark O’Connor, Dixie Chicks, and Alison Krauss. What, they’re not all bluegrass! I guess it’s all in how you define the genre. Songs from nearly two dozen record labels is included. A 58-page booklet comes with the CDs, and it has some excellent liner notes by Billy Altman and Ralph Stanley. This music was chosen by Shoreline Community College instructor Tom Moran for his on-line “History of Bluegrass” distance learning class. The anthology compiled by Gregg Geller is broad and expansive, and it’s a major milestone in the promotion of bluegrass music for a large label with the reputation of Columbia/Legacy to support such an endeavor. My hat’s off to them. Of course, every person’s 100 tracks documenting the “history of bluegrass” would be different. And the main question to ask about “Can’t You Hear Me Callin’” is does it adequately cover the main bases? With more than fifty different groups and solo artists sampled, I’d say that it does pretty well, but it certainly would’ve been exponentially enhanced with even 2-3 more CDs in the set. Special rare tracks include some by The Coon Creek Girls (“Pretty Polly”), Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (“On The Banks Of The River,” “Sunny Side Of The Mountain,” “Stoney, Are You Mad At Your Gal”), Carl Story & the Rambling Mountaineers, Don Reno. Three previously unreleased songs include Carl Story’s “Don't You Hear Jerusalem Mourn,” Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers’1938 version of “Orange Blossom Special,” and Sara & Maybelle Carter’s “No More Goodbyes” from 1966. This is a fascinating and erudite collection that every bluegrass music lover could study for months. You’re bound to discover something new about the genre that you didn’t know before. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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